On December 29, 2020, the Rhode Island Division of Taxation issued a declaratory ruling concerning the taxability of marketing analytic services using proprietary software and an online dashboard hosted on the taxpayer’s own servers. The software and services help customers develop advertising services and evaluate the effectiveness of advertising. According to the Division, the taxpayer’s

On January 7, 2021, New York senator Michael Gianaris introduced S.1124, which would impose a new gross revenues tax on digital ads. The tax would be imposed on the annual gross revenues any person derives from digital advertising services apportioned to the state based on digital advertising receipts. “Digital advertising services” is defined to

Representative J.D. Prescott (R) introduced Indiana House Bill 1312, which would impose a surcharge tax on social media providers.  This proposed bill shares similarities with proposed digital advertising taxes in Maryland and New York, except that Indiana’s proposed surcharge tax is targeted at social media providers deriving revenue from advertising services on their

Legislation (S.302) was prefiled in the New York State Senate for the 2021-2022 legislative session that would expand the sales tax base to digital advertising services. The bill was prefiled by Democratic State Senator Kevin Thomas.

The bill defines “digital advertising services” as “advertisement services on a digital interface, including advertisements in

Companion bills recently introduced in New York State (A. 11180 and S. 9112) would impose a temporary tax on businesses that provide broadband internet access service.  Revenues generated from the tax would be earmarked to fund the provision of broadband internet access services to students in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recently released guidance explaining the application of Texas sales and use tax to online sales. In particular, online buyers must pay sales and use tax on taxable items delivered or brought into Texas. Remote sellers required to collect tax can do so based on either the shipping destination rate

Ongoing insights and analysis regarding Maryland’s proposed digital ad tax bill

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  • Maryland lawmakers are expected to revive a pair of failed controversial tax expansion proposals shortly after the scheduled start of the next legislative session on January 13, 2021.
  • On May 7, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed H.B. 732, which proposed a first

Virginia’s peer-to-peer vehicle sharing tax, passed in April, takes effect on October 1. Generally, vehicle owners with up to ten shared vehicles will be subject to a 6.5% gross tax. The law obligates vehicle sharing platforms to collect the tax on behalf of the owners if the platform has established sufficient contact with the state.

On August 25, California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration released a discussion paper and proposed amended regulations to clarify when marketplace facilitators are considered the retailer with regard to drop shipment transactions. The CDTFA is accepting written comments and will hold a virtual hearing on the proposal September 15.

On August 25, California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration released a discussion paper and proposed amended regulations to clarify when marketplace facilitators are considered the retailer with regard to drop shipment transactions. The CDTFA is accepting written comments and will hold a virtual hearing on the proposal on September 15.